The folks in the Black Lives Matter movement are getting just as absurd and churlish as our universities by seeing “racism” under every bed, in every closet, and around every corner. This time, members of BLM are insisting that the new Pokemon craze is “inherently racist.” That’s right, they feel made up cartoon creatures created in Japan were meant to ridicule African-Americans.
Even the reporter who brought the story to light, the Santa Monica Observer’s Samuel Alioto, thought the whole thing was foolish jokingly starting his report off saying, “No, I’m not making this up.”
As Alioto has it:
There are three respects in which Pokemon Go is regarded as racist by those in the know in the BLM movement. The first respect, is that it’s much safer to play Pokemon Go, which requires you to walk around your own neighborhood; if you’re white and living in your own neighborhood. Second, if you’re black and you play Pokemon in Beverly Hills, chances are the police are going to stop you, question you and see what you’re REALLY up to.
The third respect in which Pokemon Go is racist is that you can set yourself up as a white Avatar, hunting down and collecting–or shooting–the black monsters in your own neighborhood.
Alioto goes on to cite the paranoid posting of a black Pokemon player who insisted that PPWB (Playing Pokemon While Black) could be a “death sentence.”
Stop laughing, that social media poster was serious.
“When my brain started combining the complexity of being Black in America,” the post-Alioto cited starts, “with the real world proposal of wandering and exploration that is designed into the gameplay of Pokémon Go, there was only one conclusion. I might die if I keep playing.”
What followed was a bunch of “reasons” that blacks will be shot down by cops just for playing Pokemon.
Despite that not a single black person in the world has reported being harassed (or killed) by a cop whilst playing Pokemon Go, the poster concluded the post saying, “Honestly, I wish this was a joke post or satire of some sort. It isn’t. Something needs to change.”
What needs to change? The situation presented has never happened! It was all in the fevered imagination of the writer.
Alioto also featured another social media post that offered suggestions for playing Pokemon Go including “play with a white person” and “walk a dog while playing.”
This stuff is so absurd. It caused Alioto to end his piece with an exasperated, “It’s going to be a long, hot summer in these United States. I can practically guarantee it.”
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